Ms. Kalman is a master at pointing out the magic in the mundane...the beauty of the unremarkable...the wonder in the everyday. These pages remind me to stop to remember that my great grandmother gave me handfuls of blueberries out of the pie she was making...even though she never really could put her finger on who this small girl in her kitchen was. I feel a comforting kinship with Maira, because I too tuck bits of the everyday into spots for my future self to discover + treasure. Just this week, I found a note from my much younger Julia that offers a glimpse into a regular...yet now untouchable...day many years ago.
We often look at life as the spectacular paintings in an art museum...as major events + accomplishments. I love that Maira's books prod me to paint the everydayness of a much used kettle with the same care as vacation memories. Oh, how I love to come awake to the beauty in my everyday...the moments that make up a life shared with those I love most.